Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I'm On A Boat

Zucchinis are quickly becoming my favorite vegetable. A summer staple, zucchini goes with pretty much everythaang. I saw this recipe a while back on a popular WW Recipe Blog but only recently (Post-NJ-Tired-Of-Eating-In-Restaurants-Cooking-Fest) gave it a try. The results? NEW FAVORITE EASY RECIPE.

The best part about this recipe is that it's so versatile...you can make up any "stuffing" you like! I went for an Italian filling of beef, pasta sauce, and mozzarella.

Without further adieu...

Italian Zucchini Boats (loosely adapted from Damn Delicious
servings: 2 

2 medium zucchini
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1 C your favorite pasta sauce
1/3 C skim mozzarella cheese
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Start by slicing each zucchini in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon (grapefruit spoons work really well), hollow out each zucchini half leaving about 1/2 inch of a shell. In a medium skillet with olive oil and garlic, cook ground beef until brown. Add pasta sauce and salt/pepper/whateverthehellyouwant kind of seasoning. Spoon beef mixture into zucchini and top each with cheese. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until zucchini is cooked through.

I put up "measurements" for this "recipe" but honestly, you can eyeball everything to your liking. Want to kick it up a notch? Add some diced peppers or onions (I didn't have any on hand but will next time!).

Do you have any go-to zucchini recipes? Hook a sister up!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Back in Black

I've been jetsetting around the galaxy (or really just to Orlando and New Jersey) while this corner of cyberspace gathers dust...again. Honestly should probably quit this thing (Or just get more organized and schedule posts...#lazy).

ANYHOO, I'm back to share some Monday musings...

  • I am so. tired. of. buying. things. After Christmas, 4/5 of my immediate family and some of my closest friends have "1st Quarter Birthdays" so I feel like I've been buying gifts left and right for four months solid. On top of that I had 2 weeks of travel for work which ALWAYS makes me a little spend-crazy (souvenirs, anyone?) and now I am ready for a shopping hiatus. (Please do not tempt me). I would really like to go visit my BFF Twin this summer and I've told myself if Good Things happen on the Employment Front, I will funnel my shopping funds into a plane ticket. Huzzah! 
  • Speaking of buying things (ha ha) my 2 latest obsessions are recent, pre-hiatus purchases. The first is an AMAZEBALLS new face wash, Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser. This stuff is the shizz for your face. It's not too foamy and makes your skin squeaky clean after a good rinse. I have noticed a significant decrease in blackheads around my nose (TMI ALERT) and my pores in general are a lot smaller. My second obsession is my subscription to the not-just-for-boys Dollar Shave Club. Long story short I borrowed a razor head from my dad one day when I was sans blade and it changed my life. If you aren't familiar, the DSC sends you a pack of razor blades each month (You get one reusable handle with your first shipment) and they are hands-down the best razor blades I've ever used. I splurged for the $6/month 4-blade version (The true "Dollar" subscription gets you a dual-blade pack...not good enough for these legs). HIGHLY recommend. 
  • I've been on quite the reading kick lately (Chick-lit, specifically) and now the library and I are BFF's again (Aside from the scary Russian lady that works at my local branch...she and I still keep our distance). I've got 4 books on my nightstand right now and have challenged myself to read 30 minutes at lunch and 30 minutes before bed each night. Here goes nothing!
Have a better-than-stellar Monday, y'all! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Go shawty

it's my birthday.

This is the SIXTH birthday I've celebrated on this blog. I like to think I'm only getting better with time, just like my good friend Paul McCartney.

Oh, stop it Paul, you ham (P.S. SMOKING KILLS).

Here's to another year of being fabulous, wearing ALL the leopard print, and surrounding myself with the greatest people on Earth. #peaceandblessings.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Cinco de Friday-o

1. I'm taking a BIG test tomorrow that will basically determine the fate of my career (No pressure, or anything) and I could really use all of your good vibes and glitter wishes. Think of me at 12:15!

2. Can I just repeat #1? Because PRAYERS, YOU GUYS. I needz 'em.

3. I need to see the Divergent movie because I think I'm the last person on earth that has read the book but not seen Theo James in all of his Four glory. Amirite?

4. I am dreaming of summer...warm nights with cool (ahem, spirited) drinks, lots of beach trips, slow days at work, and non-vampirelike skin condition (already got this one under control, thanks Vitamin D!)

5. Can I repeat #1 and #2? No? Okay well then I'm realllllly excited that my BIRTHDAY is on TUESDAY. Only a few more days for y'all to send your One Direction birthday cards. Hop to!

Have a #blessed weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Part of where I'm going...

These recaps are getting to be all sorts of fun, no?

1. I've been driving the Allergy Struggle Bus for as long as I can remember but this week things went downhill reeeeealllll fast, like chest pain "Am I having a heart attack?" fast. The good news is I'm on some new meds and I think I've developed a new "Cough Your Way to Leaner Abs" exercise plan. Stay tuned. 

2. I've started online French lessons! So far I can spell things, count to 10, and say "Bless you" when someone sneezes (Très useful, if you read #1 above). This might be a post all its own later so stay tuned! 

3. Last week I checked Gavin DeGraw off of my Live Music Bucket List. As anticipated he was AWESOME, very funny, and to my delight he played songs from all of his albums from the past decade (Yes I said decade. Chariot debuted 2003...holy throwback Thursday on a Friday)

4. Recently obsessed with House of Cards. BAM THIS SHOW, YOU GUYS. I have so many feelings and OPINIONS. I just finished Season 1 so keep yo' spoilers to yo'self. 

5. Last week I enjoyed a little jaunt up to the ATL for work and while I was there I also got to see some of my favorite sparkly princesses. Related: I am now the proud owner of a bottle of pink, keychain-size, pepper spray thanks to my travel partner. #blessed 

Until next time, stay sassy. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unpaid Beauty Endorsements

Y'all know I'm not some mega fashion blogger that gets freebies on the daily, so these are my unsolicited and unpaid product reviews.

I could spend my whole paycheck at Ulta if I really set my mind to it, so when I got a gift card from my aunt for Christmas, I spent a solid 2 months deciding what I would use it for. I finally made a trek to the Mothership as a treat for surviving the February Virus and here's what I gots...

1. bareMinerals Hydrating Mineral Veil  Mineral Veil is to makeup what Seche Vite is to nail polish...absolutely essential at the finish line. Because I live in a humid climate, I do a lot of blotting throughout the day to remove excess oil from my made up face...UNLESS I use Mineral Veil. It's basically a finishing powder that sets your makeup and removes shine. I live for it and it's awesome. Enough gushing for you?

2. Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer This was a new purchase for me...I'm not really a moisturizer gal but this winter has been way-harsh-Tai on my skin and I finally got scared straight by all of those skin damage warnings in beauty magazines. This is suuuuper light and I don't even feel it under the concealer, foundation, blush and, of course, Mineral Veil. The SPF is an added bonus that I'll appreciate years from now. (And another bonus, it kinda smells like suntan lotion which makes me feel like I'm at the beach when I'm stuck at work).

3. Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm I still adore my Sweet Mint Eos but this stuff is chapstick on crack. My lips have been so dry lately and after one application of this stuff, they looked photo-worthy. The perfect amount of color AND, again, SPF.

Got any new products I should try? I'd love to hear about them! 

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Glad That's Over

February was not my favorite.

I haven't blogged since my half-hearted (PUN INTENDED) Valentine's Day post and for once in my procrastination, I'm glad. The past few weeks have been rough, and while I know my issues were probably be laughable to most, I hated feeling mopey, sick, and not Gone With the Wind fabulous. Here's how it went down...

1. I got a a wicked cold between visiting the fam in Orlando and Valentine's Day Still on the fence on whether it was part sinus, part head cold, but it was totally annoying.
2. I watched other people stumble into awesome new opportunities and spew a lot of "Good things come to those who wait" mumbo jumbo when I didn't think they really deserved them (WOW, I HAD TO TYPE THIS OUT SO I WOULD REALIZE WHAT A MAJOR B I WAS. Another slice of humble pie, anyone? It's a little burnt but goes well with whipped cream).
3. Work drama. Typical.
4. I got an awesome stomach virus that just wouldn't quit. At my *second* Urgent Care appointment the doctor diagnosed me with bad luck. This is not a drill. (Officially not eating white rice until 2017, FYI).

That felt good. Now for the {Peaks}

1. I started parting my hair on the opposite side after 23 years. Game changer.
2. I lost 9 pounds...see #4 above.
3. My 2014 tan is officially in progress.

This past weekend I totally CLEANSED my apartment of the February juju by inhaling a lot of bleach fumes, donating some clothes to Goodwill, and organizing the crap out of all of my cabinets and closets.

I've never been so ready for a new month to begin. Here's to #namarchste